Voices by Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brenda Vaccaro
Directed by Travis Knight
2016 / 101 Minutes / Focus Features / Entertainment One
In a summer full of sequels, remakes and superhero’s Kubo & The Two Strings is the real superhero. This fantastic, beautiful stop motion animated film is the best of the summer! There is more creativity and originality here than in any of the films to come out in the last 5 months. This will definitely be giving Finding Dory some challenge at the Oscars next year. As much as I loved Dory, my vote would go to Kubo.
Laika Entertainment has made numerous and stunning stop motion animated films (Corpse Bride, ParaNorman, Coraline and The Box Trolls) that have all been good, but none have captivated me as much as Kubo has. Each film I watched in awe and can’t imagine the work involved in creating only 30 seconds. They blow me away every time!
The story is fantastic, engrossing and extremely imaginative. From the beginning I was reeled in as soon as I heard the first line… “If you must blink, do it now.” Hooked! Besides a brilliant script, the voice cast nailed these characters. You don’t even think about what big celebrity is voicing them, instead you are lost in their performance.
Kubo & The Two Strings is an absolute delight! I have nothing negative to say about it. It’s such a phenomenal film that I will be making room for in my favourite animated films of all time! There is a spot right next to The Iron Giant for Kubo. See this movie! All ages are going to enjoy this one… you will not be disappointed!